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Firas Maksad speaks about US strategy in Syria in the post-ISIS era with France 24

The American decision to defend itself and its ally, the SDF, against an attack by forces backed by the Assad regime across the Euphrates de-confliction zone is the first real test of the Trump Administration’s new Syria policy.Read More

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Ali Shihabi discusses the imperative behind Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption drive on NPR

The sheer scale of corruption, manifested in the routine inflation of government contracts to two to three times their actual value, with the largesse shared among business elites and members of the royal family, was untenable.Read More

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Fatima Abo Alasrar sheds light on south Yemen clashes

This weekend’s fighting in Aden between forces allied with the Southern Transitional Council (STC) and the internationally-recognized government of Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi is rooted in the continuous political marginalization of south Yemenis and not the current conflict with the Iran-backed...Read More

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Firas Maksad updates Al-Jazeera English on Turkey’s Afrin Incursion and US Strategy in Syria

Turkey is squeezed in Syria as a result of US support for the YPG and Russia’s failure to uphold its commitment to create de-escalation zones in the country’s north.Read More

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Ali Shihabi breaks down Saudi Arabia’s anti-corruption drive on CNBC’s Squawk Box

Saudi Arabia detained elites in order to send a very strong message that the Kingdom can no longer afford individuals who leverage their connections to profit off of government contracts.Read More

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AF’s director Firas Maksad speaking to BBC Newshour

Firas Maksad speaks to BBC Newshour about how President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will impact US relations with Saudi Arabia and the Arab World. Despite being a strong US ally, Saudi Arabia cannot go along with Washington’s...Read More

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